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Water main break impacts road conditions in Bethesda


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA 9) -- Crews have finished repairing a water main break in Bethesda that created icy road conditions on Walhonding Road on Tuesday evening.Walhonding Road connects MacArthur Boulevard with Massachusetts Avenue.

The water main break occurred around 5 p.m. on Walhonding Road between Massachusetts Avenue and Sangamore Road.

Water was flowing down the street at a steady flow for hours. Combine that with the freezing temperatures and the existing patches of black ice on the street and it was expected to make for some treacherous conditions Wednesday.

There's no word on whether or not customers have water service again.

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Tree blocks traffic on Massachusetts Ave. in Bethesda


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA 9) -- A large tree blocked traffic on Massachusetts Avenue in Bethesda Sunday, police said.

The tree fell on Massachusetts Avenue between Goldsboro Road and Sangamore Road, according to police.

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METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

Students interested in attending the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. can audition on Sun., Mar. 1 at MSA Lorton Campus at 9601 Ox Road. Auditions are required as part of the 2015-2016 academy registration. The MSA Academy audition is for performing arts students from 6th grade to 12th grade. Students should call 703-339-0444 ext.3 or visit www.metropolitanarts.org to register for an audition time. 

The audition process will give prospective students an opportunity to demonstrate his or her skills in dance, music and theater for the chairs of the respective arts departments.  Applicants must attend a live audition if they live within three geographical states of MSA.  Prospective students living beyond the three-state radius may submit a DVD audition. 

Man accused of squatting Bethesda home indicted


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man who was accused of squatting a million dollar home in Bethesda was indicted on seven counts Thursday by the Montgomery County Grand Jury.

James Devlin Crombie is being indicted on the following charges: first-degree burglary, theft of $100,000 plus, two counts of fraud-personal identifying information theft, obtain good- money forgery, and theft to $10,000 to under $100,000.

Crombie was accused of moving his entire family into the home he did not own located in Bethesda last year.

"We look forward to prosecuting Mr. Crombie and proving beyond a reasonable doubt that he committed the below attached crimes," said Ramon Korionoff, public affairs director for the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office.

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Police investigate fatal Montgomery County collision


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Police are investigating a fatal Bethesda car crash.

The crash took place on December 28th in the 4800 block of Bethesda Avenue, police said. Initial investigation revealed a 1997 Honda CR-V backed out of a parking space, began driving forward, accelerated and struck the wall of a parking garage, police said.

The driver has been identified as Gail Silverstone of Northwest, D.C. Silverstone was alert and speaking at the scene and was taken to the hospital, police said. Silverstone succumbed to her injuries and died on December 30th, police said.

Investigators would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the crash, anyone with information is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.


Fire at car dealership on Wisconsin Avenue


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County fire and rescue officials are on scene at a car dealership on Wisconsin Avenue for a fire in the paint shop.

It happened at the Chevy Chase Cars Acura dealership, located at 7725 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, Md. As of 9:17 a.m., the fire was under control, according to MCFRS spokesperson Pete Piringer.

The building was evacuated and no one was injured, Piringer said. Some lanes are blocked near the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Cheltenham Drive due to the fire.


Demonstrators rally for more childhood cancer research funding


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A

cold rain didn't stop demonstrators from gathering outside the gates of the National Institutes of Health on Monday. The group was protesting the lack of research funding for childhood cancer.

"I am beyond upset, because it's not fair," said Kelly Wing of Leesburg, Virginia. "And I don't want to bury my child and I don't want to know what it's like to lose a child. I don't want to know what it's like to hear the diagnosis that my child has cancer."

Wing knows cancer is an equal opportunity killer, which takes the lives of more children every year than any other disease.

"It's crushing news," said Ted Veazey of Ashburn, Virginia.

"Your whole world's turned upside down," said his wife, Kristin Veazey.